tv House Republicans on Immigration Legislation CSPAN January 14, 2018 12:07pm-12:41pm EST
>> this is about 30 minutes. >> good afternoon. i hope you are ready to go. we have an important ill we are introducing today -- important bill we are introducing today. at the white house yesterday, the president indicated our bill, securing america's future act, will start to corolla -- correct the flaws in our immigration system. this bill secures ports of entry along the central -- southern
border. our bill provides new interior enforcement measures to help remove criminal immigrants and keep gang members out of the country. it cracks down on sanctuary cities. it makes the e-verify program ms. tori to help ensure employers hire only legal workers. the bill ends the visa lottery program, reduces overall immigration levels, takes the first steps towards moving the immigration system to a
skill-based system that will bolster economy and create a workable program. this bill provides daca recipients a reasonable long-term solution that includes strong anti-fraud measures and makes sure daca don't get a special pathway to citizenship. this will restore the rule of law and protect our communities from terrorists and illegal immigrants and insurers we are not facing another generation of immigrants who came as illegal miners in a few years. >> before elected to congress, i was a federal prosecutor. i had the texas mexico order in my jurisdiction.
i have been dealing with this as quite some time. i see a unique opportunity now with daca to finally get the border secure once and for all. this bill, as chairman goodlatte outlined, in our meeting with the white house was backed by the president as a starting ground for negotiations. i thought it was a healthy discussion and unique to have negotiations in the white house with live television cameras for 45 minutes. it was a transparent discussion that americans got to see these negotiations that are normally behind closed doors. they saw were the president stood and where members of congress stood. i think this bill embodies the
four main pillars we came to agreement on at the white house yesterday. first, border security. it takes my bill that passed that provides $30 billion to support -- secure the ports and borders through technology and boots on the ground and physical barriers like the wall. it ends chain migration. and the visa lottery program, which is a random system that brings in people not based on
merit but on a random lottery system that needs to change. we just need to look at what happened in new york city on halloween where the vehicle struck so many people and then last december with the suicide bomber attempt, both of whom came in through these respective immigration policies. policies that need to be reformed to protect americans.
finally, codifying daca that only congress has the authority to do under the constitution. that we do it in a constitutional way. and as the president has mandated, we think it is a very fair and generous package when it comes to immigrants. finally, this is a historic opportunity for the american people. all of these issues, i believe, the american people fully support. as bob said, whether it is the border or interior enforcement emma a -- enforcement, a legal wall, we are not talking about daca or 20 million legal -- illegal immigrants in the country five or 10 years down
the road. this bill provides a permanent fix. this is a national security issue. i now yields to mr. labrador. rep. labrador: the purpose of our legislation is simple. it helps president trump keep his promises to americans to fix our broken immigration system. this was a significant promise. he never would have been elected without making a promise. now it is time for congress to deliver. the bill is strong but also fair. strong because it gets serious about enforcing immigration laws, making it tougher for people to enter illegally and stay here. the bill strengthens enforcement .
authorizing funding for the border wall, minify -- mandatory e-verify, and ending the visa lottery. we're ready to provide legal status for current recipients of daca. we are generous but fair and a nation of laws. our generosity makes us great, and our commitment to the rule of law. it differentiates us to -- from every other nation in the world. this bill is strong and fair. he keeps our promise to americans. we need house leadership to bring the bill to the floor. we know we can get 218 votes on the bill. we can deliver a big win for the american people. rep. mcsally: i represent arizona to. one of nine members of congress. i chair the border and maritime committee subcommittee. we have been working on this for four months. it is an honor and privilege to be part of this effort and to be part of -- and to be at the white house yesterday. we have come up with an important and reasonable deal to address the priorities of americans and our constituents while also providing a legal solution for daca recipients. border security matters so much. it is a public safety threat and national security threat and i am glad we are finally able to partner with an administration that has the desire for us to secure our borders. this bill does that. we worked tirelessly on this to provide real border security. in addition to the public safety issues, we have sanctuary city crackdowns and closing loopholes. we still have people that the cartels are taking advantage of that are turning themselves in. they know how to say exactly the right things to the border patrol agents and then they disappear.
for a court date years in the future they never show up for. this is not fair for those who have legitimate asylum and for those who are trying to enforce our laws. modest modifications to our policies in the bill to adjust these issues to make sure we do not have another population like daca in our country in the future and we're back here again with the same problem in five years. most republicans would agree we are willing to do something on daca. we have to make sure we will not be in this position again. if you look at this proposal we
put together, on one hand you have the democrats saying they are not willing to compromise. they are willing to hold our military spending hostage. on the other hand, the white house put out so many points there were asking for in the fall. we think this bill is thoughtful and important. we are negotiating in good faith with the democrats and we ask them to work with us to get this across the finish line. i think if americans understood all these issues, they would all agree that these are smart policies and changes so that we can secure our country and communities and have a system that works for us. do not let anyone call this a comprehensive bill. it is very narrow and focuses on priorities to address the most important issues for community and country to make sure we are not in this situation in the future. we look forward to getting strong support for this bill. >> you said the bill does not
create a pathway to citizenship. can you please describe e-verify? >> as if anyone else was not a citizen of the u.s. and who wants to get a green card and citizenship, these daca recipients would be eligible, for example if an employer petitioned for them, or a family member for an immigrant visa. they would be eligible to follow the process. they would not get something that was created especially for them that allow them to bypass millions of other people who have gone through the process legally and they and their
families have entered the u.s. and become permanent residents legally. >> would they be able to stay here? >> it would not remove the touchback. it would treat them like any other citizen. they would have to go through the same process that every other person would. we were not give priority to them. >> so what is the major change? >> congress is authorizing it. the previous president wouldn't. >> so they would have three-year prone -- three-year permits like they have now, with the touchback able to come back for any visa? >> correct, but they would be able to travel outside of the
united states and return without difficulty. >> a number of the provisions in the bill are outside of the four pillars. the four pillars are daca, border security, chain migration and sanctuary city. later mccarthy is upstairs right now meeting with democrats. do you believe he is pushing for this bill? >> he is pushing for the four things we agree to. if you look at what the secretary of homeland security disturbing digestion a, you will find all of these things on their list. rep. mcsally: these things are all happening on parallel. we have been working on this for
four months. four months. we are not going to adjust our bill based on what was discussed yesterday. >> you need the house and senate to pass legislation. if you need house to pass this bill, republicans and democrats have to come together. this is the only bill that is going to unify the conference. i think it can get us to 218. yesterday we had people on both sides saying this is a good solution. solution. this is something we can do to unify the house of solution. this is something we can do to unify the house of representatives. i believe the nine senators in red states understand that the people in their states want border security before giving any kind of benefits to the daca
population. >> i take it at this point you are not planning on being in a bipartisan process outside. >> we will definitely be involved in bipartisan talks. the talks yesterday were bipartisan. the leader's meeting with the wind on the democrat side and the leader in the senate. >> your bill would limit legal immigration by 25%. two new explain why you would want to do that? birthrates concerns economist. >> we want to end chain migration except for immediate family members. we want to move to a merit-based
system. some of those green cards that are eliminated from the extended family chain migration would be available for that purpose. when we eliminate the visa lottery program, we transfer those green cards to the employment-based category to speed up the granting of green cards in those categories. this is not a comprehensive immigration reform bill. the president and others yesterday said there would be further phases. we anticipate that in our bill by noting that the president wants to move to a merit-based system but we do not attempt to
do that in this bill. >> immigration would go down from over a million a year to 200 60,000. economically, why is that a good idea? >> your premise is wrong. the people coming into the u.s. right now based on family relationships are not necessarily adding to the economy like you are saying. your question is wrong. when we moved to a merit-based immigration system and we are meeting the needs of the u.s., this is just the first step in a series of steps to reform and modernize immigration. we would have an economic system that would be stronger than the current one we have now. over 70% of the people coming to the u.s. are based on family relationship.
in that bill the 260,000 green cards would be available on the merit-based system. >> i will be brief. i will now presented in spanish. [speaking spanish] >> is there any indication that this bill will get a floor vote? >> developments are moving fast. the meeting yesterday was successful at the white house. focus will be on those negotiations. on showing that there is strong support in the house for this approach, which is a fair and balanced one in terms of doing something for daca recipients and making sure we make american citizens today secure anaren country. -- secure in their own country. >> we had previous meeting with the president before this that i thought was very positive and encouraging. i got the sense that the white house backing this effort.
that was exemplified in yesterday's meeting with the senators on both sides of the aisle when he said this bill will be the starting ground for negotiations. i do not have a crystal ball. but speaking on behalf of the four of us, we put a good deal of work into this and think it is a reasonable bill that will help stop the flow of opioids and drug trafficking and human trafficking and potential terrorists and provide a legal wall to protect the public safety of americans. people in the united states are willing to accept a solution to daca but they want to make sure that the security of the united states is included in this package. >> is there a reason why we're announcing skill-based immigration in this package -- we're not announcing skill-based immigration in this package? >> there is a lot not in this package. other than the agricultural guestworker program, there is not a lot of other reform of our current temporary and permanent immigration programs. visitor programs as well as programs that allow individuals to get immigrant visas. there are many other issues
throughout the issue of immigration that are not addressed. this is designed to address what it takes to fulfill the speakers commitment, which was to make sure the we do something to help people who are in the daca program today, a program that all of us agree was not constitutionally well formed by president obama and president trump correctly ended, but then said we have to do something for those people. at the same time, we want to make sure that this does not happen again. so to make sure that we are solving the problem, this bill is addressed at that concern, as well as the cash as well as at the white house is concerned about chain migration and visa
country have always been designed to enable people in this country to, under certain circumstances, petition for people to come in. they could be expanded, contracted. we believe that chain migration is a problem that brings people into the country that do not necessarily add things to the merit-based system. the first of for a cognition medical is to end those categories that fit that bill. additionally, those categories for brothers and sisters of u.s. citizens and adult children of
u.s. citizens and residents, the waiting list on those are so long that there is no longer a family reunification where some he comes at a short time later -- where somebody comes and a short time later the rest the family comes. we eliminate these more extended relationships. >> i think this is a broken immigration system and we are trying to fix it. to bring in the best and the brightest. we do not some random lottery system where people get in by being pulled out of a hat. that is not bringing our destined brightest. we want the scientists, the engineers, the people who can
contribute to the american economy. that is a lot of what we are trying to achieve here and what this bill is designed to do. we protect the immediate family. the extended relatives raises a concern. going back to the new york terror case, we saw the kind of apples -- bad apples were coming into the country. i look at this from a national security perspective. >> there is no constitutional right to bring your family to the united states. nothing in the constitution allows that.
>> we are not creating two classes of citizens. we are eliminating parents, brothers sisters and children. for everyone. for everyone. spouses and minor children are protected. thank you. >> thank you all very much. for everyone. spouses and minor children are protected. thank you. >> thank you all very much. announcer: wednesday the house is back at 9:00 a.m. life has coverage on c-span. on c-span2, a conversation on border security at the brookings institution. the senate beats at 10:00 a.m. the senate foreign relations committee looks at syria. that is live on c-span3. in the afternoon, for energy secretary talks about proliferation at 4:00 on c-span. announcer: this week, the supreme court heard arguments over voting rights. here the argument in its entirety friday night at 8:00 on sees dan -- on c-span. you can follow the oral arguments schedule at c-span.org/supreme court. you will see a list of all current justices. with video-on-demand, you can watch all the arguments we have
aired. announcer: at the white house today, the president hosted the prime minister of norway. they took questions in a press conference. president trump: thank you very much. i am honored to welcome the prime minister of norway to the white house. it has been a pleasure to host you today. as we strengthen the friendship between our two countries, we have so much in common. >> the president tweeted -- on the sunday news joe today, the president's remarks about haiti and african nations. begin with a senator who was in that meeting. says he didn't recall --
this morning, he says the president did not make those remarks. we will hear from colorado senator michael bennet. >> i am not clear on exactly what you are saying happened in the meeting. us --r graham told are you saying the president did not use the word? >> i am telling you it was a misrepresentation. thinge have is the same of 2013. what happened was a constructive conversation of how to move forward. billion is in the current budget already.
the deal has got to find symmetry. we may be able to solve some of the dreamer numbers but we have to talk about securing our borders. i sound more optimistic with the president this morning. >> unless the democrats get serious about negotiating. both parties -- the daca issue. 80% of americans want that situation -- fit -- fixedsystem most and -- once and for all. >> there are countries that struggle out there. .hey are people they are part of us. we are americans.
parents came from haiti. they paid their taxes per when theybecame u.s. citizens, meant every word and did to take onthey could the responsibilities of what it meant to be an american citizen and i'm a product of that. that is who we are and they are not just american values. the values we all hold dear. it was difficult to hear because my parents are such big supporters of the president. canave to do everything we to make sure we are coming from a place of compassion and speaking from a place of kindness. it is the minimal standard. >> what you say to an american who comes to you and says, i think the president is racist?
>> here is what i say to my parents taught me not to be a victim or no matter what somebody else feels, that is their problem and not mine. i'm not the one who is flawed when someone feels a way about me because of the way i look or my gender or whatever that is. i think we cannot look to washington or the president to tell us how to behave or feel. we have to be respectful and we are responsible for who we are and how we behave. when people back at us, they will judge us on whether we rose to the occasion and rise above the negativity or whether we allowed it to take us down. >> a lot of democrats have come to the conclusion the president is a racist after these comments and they point to a serious of -- a series of things he said for decades not just as president. >> i was raised not to call
someone a racist but there is no question what he said was racist or no question what he said was un-american. impression have an that my mom and her parents, who jews,olish shoes -- somehow they came to the united states and were lazy. colorado,times across provide for their families for the next generation. no idea what he is talking about have any thought he would call into question barack obama's's birth certificate if barack obama were white? >> it has been an open question for a long time.
did the president say that? >> i do not recall him saying the exact -- the exact phrase. he used strong language when it comes to the issue, and it is because he is very passionate about it. although the deal presented in theory, in addition to the four pillars we can agree, it does not address the core security issue we need to do our job. interested in half measures. we do not want the population here -- secretary of american citizens, a security risk. >> it seems to me, you were in the meeting when the comments were made. languagetty shocking and to say i don't recall